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Changing the lives of young people through technology

Posted by (Thought Leader)
13th Apr 2017, 10:10am
helenmaisano

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As a leading telecommunications provider in Australia, we know just how important technology is in helping young people access vital information and the best opportunities in life, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

 

That’s why we’ve launched our second annual Future Makers program. Open to anyone with a scalable tech-based product or service that can improve the lives of young people, the program aims to find 12 ‘Future Makers’ who can make a real difference to the employability, education or wellbeing of disadvantaged youth.

 

We chose to target employability, education and wellbeing because these are three key elements that are crucial to helping a young person build a successful future. To give you an idea of the kind of solutions we’re looking for in each category, I’ve broken them down below:

 

Employability

 

We’re looking for solutions that will advance a young person’s career or improve their job prospects.

 

Education

 

We want to see ideas that will expand young people’s education options or enable them to pursue further studies.

 

Wellbeing

 

We’re after ideas that have the potential to enhance young people’s mental wellbeing, build resilience or encourage them to use social media responsibly.

 

 

 

Once submissions to the Future Makers program close on May 5, we’ll announce our 12 finalists. These 12 Future Makers will be enrolled on a four-month Accelerator Program where we will provide them with advice on how to develop a business case and offer practical support with designing and building technology and prototypes. Throughout the process, our 12 finalists will be mentored by industry experts in order to polish their business case before presenting it to a panel of judges for a chance to share in a $300,000 prize pool. 

 

We have also introduced an Asia Pacific Regional program which will be offered to one or two of our Australian Future Makers finalists whose projects have the potential to scale across the A-Pac region. The Regional program will be run with finalists from Singtel and Globe Future Makers and provides the opportunity to receive additional funds.

 

Last year we saw some incredible entries where applicants really set the bar high with their intelligent tech solutions that included a telepresence robot, a tech-based way of gamifying student lessons and an app that teaches young women business skills.

 

We’re looking forward to seeing the bold ideas that our 2017 Future Makers put forward and the difference they’ll make to the lives of young people.

 

If you think you could be one of our 12 Future Makers, great! You have until 5 May 2017 to apply for the program – we can’t wait to see what you can show us.

 

Good luck,

 

Helen